Madelinots mourn the death of journalist Achille Hubert

The Madelinots mourn the departure of the journalist Achille Hubert, who died at the age of 81 late Thursday, of complications following a heart attack suffered at the end of the week. He had lived for a year and a half at the Eudore-Labrie residence in the Magdalen Islands.
F ondateur in 1972 the newspaper Radar and owner of the weekly until 2015, Hubert was also a contributor to Sun from 1991 to 2005, in addition to having been a correspondent for Radio-Canada Gaspesie-Iles-de-la -Madeleine regularly during the 1970s, early 1980s, and intermittently thereafter. He was named Chevalier of the National Order of Quebec in 2012, on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Radar .

A former journalist and member of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine at the National Assembly since October, Joël Arseneau worked with Achille Hubert. He replaced him as editorialist between 2014 and 2017.

“He was doing information to raise awareness … He was both conventional and avant-garde. He was interested in sectors such as wind power, the environmental cause, before much of the world in this case, fishing, hunting seals, and he told the Madelinots that they were not a dedicated people. at a lower condition. He was humbly convinced that information could pull Madelin society upward, with popular education, pedagogy, “Arseneau said.

“He resisted attempts to buy the Radar , convinced that the Madelinots were able” by our means “to maintain their communications tools […] In the late 1990s, he refused an offer to distribute the Radar free of charge , a newspaper sold, in publisacs, to join each Madelinot household. He would have made more money but he replied: “the day the reader will not pay, the information will be worthless”. These words have a particular resonance today, at the time of fake news . He has been a witness to history and donated 40 years of photos to the Islands Regional Archives Center. He had this concern to highlight the story, “adds the MP.

A classic sentence

Gilles Ouellet, of the Sun , supervised Achille Hubert’s collaborations for everyday life for 15 years, but his memories date back to 1972.

“Then a young journalist appointed to Sept-Îles to cover the North Shore, I quickly had the pleasure of knowing Achille Hubert by his reports at the station CBGA, in Matane, recognizing his particular voice among others. “The moving seals approaching Cap-aux-Meules” was a classic phrase of his reports that I was eager to hear from the first days of spring, the season of the famous seal hunt. Subject became controversial, Achille did not take offense and often, with patience, took the time to explain to me the importance of this activity, its economic impact, its role in the ecological balance of the Gulf of St. Lawrence [… From now on, where he is entitled to a well-deserved rest, Achilles will continue to make his mark by his calm, patience and influence, such as the radar that should guide.

Bernard Tremblay has a long history of public affairs programming at Radio-Canada Gaspésie-les-Îles, and despite his “sad departure,” the name of Achille Hubert makes him smile.

“He was a character. It was the voice of the Îles-de-la-Madeleine in the 1970s. Even in television, without a camera in the Islands, with its picture on the screen, we could hear it, especially in the time of the sea wolf movement. , tell us what was going on, with its tasty accent “, evokes Mr. Tremblay.

Mr. Hubert came from a family of 14 children. He is survived by his three children, Aurélie, Kevin and Jean, born of a first union, and his companion of life of the last 22 years, Lucille Tremblay.

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